International News Archive - July 02, 2008
By The Associated Press JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) - The two paths of Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai are telling: Mugabe, newly sworn in as Zimbabwe's president again, is at a summit of African leaders while the opposition leader holes up in a Western embassy in Zimbabwe's capital.
As of Monday, at least 4,113 members of the U.S. military have died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes eight military civilians killed in action.
Text of report by UK-based Zimbabwean news website Zimdaily.com on 2 July [Unattributed report: "Botswana Wants Zim Kicked Out of AU"] Egypt - Botswana called for the African Union [AU] on Tuesday to exclude Zimbabwe from its meetings because a disputed election did not give the government of President Robert Mugabe legitimacy.
Text of report by Iraj Jamshidi of the political desk headlined: "The breeze of peace in Washington-Tehran stormy relations" published by Iranian newspaper E'temad website on 26 June Can one see any glimmer of hope behind the black clouds that these days have covered Iran's relations with the West, especially with America, over the issue of the nuclear file? On Monday this week [23rd June 2008] the influential American newspaper, the Washington Post, published a report about the American desire to establish an office for protecting American interests in Iran.
Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) Xi'an, 2 July - With 16 trapped miners confirmed dead on Wednesday, the death toll of a coal shaft collapse accident on Tuesday rose to 18 in northwest China's Shaanxi Province.
By Frank Bajak Associated Press VILLAVICENCIO, Colombia -- Not long after two top commanders of Latin America's last major rebel army were killed -- one in a raid, the other by a turncoat bodyguard -- Diego Canizares decided to call it quits.
By HAMZA HENDAWI By Hamza Hendawi and Qassim Abdul-Zahra The Associated Press BAGHDAD Hezbollah instructors trained Shiite militiamen at remote camps in southern Iraq until three months ago when they slipped across the border to Iran - presumably to continue instruction on Iranian soil, according to two Shiite lawmakers and a top army officer.
Text of report in English by privately-owned Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star website on 2 July ["Siniora Hails Prisoner Swap as Win for Hezbollah, Lebanon" - The Daily Star Headline] BEIRUT: Prime Minister Fu'ad al-Sanyurah said on Tuesday [1 July] that a prisoner swap between Israel and Hezbollah constituted a "huge failure" for the Jewish state and a "national success" for the Lebanese party.
Text of report by Dumisani Muleya and Hopewell Radebe entitled "Mbeki 'on Verge of Zimbabwe Unity Deal'" published by South African newspaper Business Day website on 1 July President Thabo Mbeki appears to be on the verge of a breakthrough in mediating Zimbabwe's political and economic crisis, after his envoys secured promises of talks on a power-sharing deal between President Robert Mugabe and his rival, Morgan Tsvangirai.
Lebanese Hezbollah Al-Manar TV at 1502 gmt on 2 July continues to carry live relay from an unidentified location in Beirut a news conference by Hezbollah Secretary General Hasan Nasrallah, who is seen addressing journalists via a large screen. Audio and video reception continues to be good.